Local economies

  • The people with the plan

    15 May 2019

    Barking and Dagenham LBC is now three years into a change programme that puts people at its heart. Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Chris Naylor on the story so far.


  • We need a deal with EU that minimises all export barriers

    15 May 2019

    The Centre for Cities' latest report highlights that an industry-by-industry approach to trade is unlikely to work for cities, says Andrew Carter.


  • We need a real debate on local taxes

    15 May 2019

    Piali Das Gupta argues that we need a more sophisticated balance of local revenue sources for local services that would reduce the pressure on any individual tax or set of taxpayers. Many other countries do it – so what are we afraid of?


  • Press pause on fair funding review

    15 May 2019

    Crippled by austerity and uncertainty, councils are financially paralysed and facing failure. Heather Jameson says it's time to press pause on the fair funding review until central government decides on the amount of cash for local government.


  • Business rates 'tweaks' not enough - CBI

    09 May 2019

    Industry leaders have called on politicians to look at overhauling the system of business rates.


  • Bringing town and gown together

    08 May 2019

    David Harvey hopes the signing of a statement of intent between Westminster City Council and King's College London will enable it to increasingly tap into the skills within the university


  • Unfreezing social mobility

    08 May 2019

    Social mobility has been stagnating for years, says a new report. How can councils help drive social mobility upwards and reduce levels of income inequality – and what’s holding them back? Ann McGauran reports


  • We need a public policy rewrite to fix social mobility

    08 May 2019

    Donna Hall says the real burning issue at the heart of the social mobility debate is the need to fundamentally reboot the economy alongside local economies and develop a more effective national skills strategy.


  • Be a cautious revolutionary

    08 May 2019

    Challenging existing policies and paradigms is something we should always want, argues Dan Corry. But he warns that being too enthusiastic to do away with what came before can have unintended consequences.


  • Enfield’s world class development plan

    30 April 2019

    By retaining control of the £6bn Meridian Water project, Enfield LBC will be able to ensure it meets the needs of residents – speeding up delivery of new jobs and homes, writes Sarah Cary


  • Talking shop

    29 April 2019

    Councils are grappling with the demands of being shopping centre owners. James Wilmore finds out how those who have invested are faring.


  • Keeping our green and pleasant land

    29 April 2019

    People living in our rural towns and villages face specific challenges. Graham Biggs urges the governement to consider these in the Spending Review


  • Working together for Islington’s future

    16 April 2019

    Asima Shaikh outlines the ground-breaking steps Islington LBC has been taking to reduce poverty and improve employment options for the area’s residents.


  • Shoring up the seaside economy

    09 April 2019

    Seaside towns offer more than just nostalgia, but if we don’t act soon, communities may be forever disadvantaged. Lord Bassam explains why the Lords’ Seaside Regeneration Select Committee went on tour and what it found.


  • Boosting Blackpool: the main attractions

    04 April 2019

    After the Lords select committee on seaside towns published its report on regeneration, Blackpool Council's Antony Lockley explains what his council is doing to boost the town for residents and tourists


  • Reading is ‘ahead of the game’ on BIDS

    27 March 2019

    Reading’s second Business Improvement District is believed to be the first one in a town uniquely aimed at a business area.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Grimsey criticises speed of high streets bidding process

    19 March 2019

    Retail expert Bill Grimsey has accused the Government of forcing the pace on bids to its £675m Future High Streets Fund.


  • Councils are often best placed to invest in commercial assets

    12 February 2019

    James Cogavin says that while some councils are grabbing the headlines for the size of their investments, councils all across the country are making sensible commitments in their local areas which will benefit their communities.


  • Is it time to revisit Total Place?

    06 February 2019

    Total Place began to drive real cross-sector (system) working, says Richard Stay. He believes the need for a focus on place has never been greater, and it’s arguably time to revisit and broaden the concept


  • Bucking the trend – the Durham way

    30 January 2019

    Durham Council is heading towards its 10th anniversary as a unitary authority. Terry Collins explains how despite continuing economic challenges, a vision for growth is coming to fruition against a backdrop of austerity.